Being a professional athlete comes with a great deal of responsibility both on and off of the ice. Our players strive to be role models in the community and, through their work in many different community-driven programs, players get the opportunity to help causes nearest to their own hearts.
Ovi’s Crazy 8s
In six seasons, Ovi’s Crazy 8s has provided more than 2,600 children, soldiers and their families with the opportunity to see a Capitals home game free of charge. Through his decision in 2006 to create this community initiative, Alex Ovechkin generously provides underserved children, recuperating injured soldiers and active military and their families the chance to attend a Capitals home game at Verizon Center. Ovechkin purchases eight Capitals season tickets and donates them to Most Valuable Kids (MVK). MVK then distributes these tickets to either injured soldiers or active military and their families; or to boys and girls, 18 and under, through numerous nonprofit organizations that focus on children in low-income and underserved households.
Ovi’s Crazy 8s sit in the lower level of Verizon Center and are recognized at home games. In addition, each person in the section receives a foam No. 8 and, after select games, participants have an opportunity to meet Ovechkin.
So Kids CanSo Kids Can was created in 2008 by Capitals defenseman Mike Green and Elliot Segal of the Elliot in the Morning show to benefit youth-focused, nonprofit organizations. Caps forwards Nicklas Backstrom and Brooks Laich joined the cause in 2011. To date, So Kids Can has donated nearly $250,000 for charity. In its inaugural year, nearly $30,000 was donated to Pediatric Prosthetics, an organization that helps families throughout the United States who have children who have either lost a limb or have congenital limb deficiency. Those funds were distributed to children in need in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. During the 2009-10 season, So Kids Can raised more than $65,000 for Dr. Bear’s Toy Closet at Children’s National Medical Center. That money was used by the hospital to help refurbish a playroom and to provide video game consoles, video games, electronics, toys and games to be used by patients. Since 2010 more than $150,000 has been donated to KaBOOM! to help build two Caps-themed playgrounds in the Washington, D.C., area.
To raise money for So Kids Can, the Caps players will tally their goals and assists throughout the course of the regular season. At the end of the year, the players will split the totals three ways and each will donate $100 for each goal and $50 for each assist. During the playoffs Backstrom, Green and Laich will double the stakes, donating $200 per goal and $100 per assist. At the end of the season Segal will also make a donation. Caps fans and local businesses are also encouraged to get in on the playground action.
If you would like more information on So Kids Can, please contact Elizabeth Wodatch at email@example.com. If you would like to make a donation, please send a check made payable to Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation earmarked for So Kids Can to:
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation/So Kids Can
627 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22203
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Garth Brooks Teammates For Kids Foundation
Washington Capitals Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green, Roman Hamrlik, Alex Ovechkin, Tom Poti and Joel Ward have all participated in Top Shelf Teammates, the hockey division of the Garth Brooks Teammates For Kids Foundation. Top Shelf Teammates contributes financial resources to nonprofit organizations that benefit children's health, education and inner-city services. Since its inception in 2001, more than 1,800 NHL players have participated in the program by donating more than $4 million to the Foundation. Players contribute a pre-determined sum based on selected on-ice performance categories such as goals scored or team wins. Every dollar contributed by players is tripled through an affiliation with other donors. Because outside sources secured by the Foundation cover all operating expenses, 100% of donated money is distributed to children's charities. For more information on the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation, click here.
The Mo (slang for moustache) and November come together each year for Movember and Caps players and alumni have participated in this initiative for the last few years. The Capitals players have raise more than $33,000 for the Movember Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that runs the men’s health initiative, Movember. The money raised during the Movember campaign initially goes to the Movember Foundation and is then split evenly and donated to the foundation’s two beneficiary partners – the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. For more information on Movember, click here.
For more information on any of the above initiatives, please contact Nadia Wajid, community relations director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.